Edward Maclary, Conductor
Greg Graf, Assistant Conductor
Rachel Carlson, Assistant Conductor
The University of Maryland Chamber Singers have achieved international renown over the past decade with acclaimed performances of the most challenging choral repertoire ranging from the 16th through the 21st centuries. The ensemble made its first European tour in 2007 with a prize winning appearance at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. In 2011 they were awarded the Premier Prix for Mixed Choirs and the Prix Ronsard for Renaissance Singing at the 40th Florilège Vocal de Tours in France. In August 2014, they will appear at the invitation of the International Federation for Choral Music at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea.
The UMD Chamber Singers have collaborated frequently with the National Symphony Orchestra in major works such as the Bach B minor Mass and Handel’s Messiah and will return to the Kennedy Center in December 2014 to perform with the NSO and Helmuth Rilling in a program of Bach Cantatas. Along with their regular professional symphonic collaborations, the ensemble specializes in the most important a cappella repertoire of the 20th century, having presented over the past decade many of the masterpieces of Barber, Britten, Copland, Debussy, Howells, Penderecki, Poulenc and Schönberg.
In addition to singing regularly under their founding director, Edward Maclary, the UMD Chamber Singers have collaborated with internationally renowned conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Helmuth Rilling, and Iván Fischer. They also have worked with many of the world’s best known early music specialists, such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Paul Hillier, Peter Philips and Kenneth Slowik. The group has appeared on multiple occasions by invitation at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Most recently the UMD Chamber Singers appeared as the featured ensemble at the 2013 conference of the NCCO in a highly acclaimed concert led by the new Artistic Director of the Oregon Bach Festival, Matthew Halls.